SBL Program Book Available

Thanks to Dan McClellan for pointing out that the Society of Biblical Literature 2013 Annual Meeting program book is now online. Below are details of the two sessions in which I’m presenting, and I’ve included links in the titles of my papers to the abstracts for them:


Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: 349 – Convention CenterTheme: Academic Freedom and Biblical Studies

James Linville, University of Lethbridge, Presiding
Jeffrey Morrow, Seton Hall University
A Biblical Method to End Religious Conflict: The Socio-Political Context to Spinoza’s Battle for the Freedom to Philosophize as it Relates to Academic Freedom and Biblical Studies (30 min)
Robert R. Cargill, University of Iowa
“Do Not Receive into the Bible College or Seminary Anyone Who Comes to You and Does Not Bring This Doctrine”: The Problem of Critical Scholars at Confessional Colleges (30 min)
James F. McGrath, Butler University
Mythicism and the Mainstream: The Rhetoric and Realities of Academic Freedom (30 min)
Kent Harold Richards, StrategyPoints, Respondent (30 min)
Discussion (30 min)


Intertextuality in the New Testament
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Key 12 – HiltonTheme: Intertextuality and the Art of Persuasive Argumentation

B. J. Oropeza, Azusa Pacific University, Presiding
Russell Sisson, Union College
Intertextuality of Blended Wisdom and Prophetic Discourse (25 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Roy Jeal, Booth University College
Interactivity and Persuasive Argumentation in Colossians (25 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Break (5 min)
James McGrath, Butler University
Reading a Letter Quoting a Hymn Quoting Scripture: Intertextuality and Persuasion in Philippians 2:6-11 (25 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Vernon Robbins, Emory University
Argumentative Texture in Pauline Presentations of the Activity and Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ (25 min)
Discussion (15 min)

The American Academy of Religion provisional draft of the program book is also online. I am very relieved to see that the AAR session I am involved in does not occur at the same time as either of my SBL papers!

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  • Evan Hershman

    It probably says something about how nerdy I am that the release of the program book was one of the most exciting things to happen in my life all week. :-)

    I am looking forward to attending SBL for the first time! Now that I’m a PhD student, I really have no excuse not to be there…

    I hope to be there to hear your paper on mythicism, since I’ve followed your blog posts on the subject closely.

    • James F. McGrath

      I look forward to meeting you in person!